Experts advise gardening caution

CMI photo: Tonjia Rolan Charles Guthals of Guthals Nursery in Clovis prepares a Cleveland pear tree for spring planting. Tonjia Rolan With spring just days away and temperatures hitting the mid-80s this week, area residents may be anxious to start greening up lawns and planting gardens. Local lawn and garden experts urged gardeners not to […]

Clovis resident says gardening is her passion

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Ernie Tennefos: Courtesy photo Ernestine “Ernie” Tennefos and her 4-year-old grandson Jordan working in the flower garden. Ernestine “Ernie” Tennefos is an ordained Elder on the staff of Portales Church of the Nazarene and a counselor at the Matt 25 Hope Center in Clovis, where she primarily counsels recovering addicts. Why do you do this […]

Moms Gear: Make gardening easier with ergonomic gardening tools

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MCT Radius Garden Tools enhance a gardener’s digging experience and provide more ease when planting, weeding and cultivating because of their ergonomically-designed handles. Maggie O’Neill It’s one thing to work with a commonplace handheld garden trowel, but quite another to use an ergonomically-designed tool. The founder of Radius Garden Tools has created four handheld products […]

Moms Gear: Dig around with gardening gloves that are made to last

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MCT The Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves are available for $24.92 in various sizes and colors, including lime green, through www.homedepot.com. Maggie O’Neill Whether you’re putting new plants in your garden or pulling out stubborn weeds, you’ll find that the Women’s Bionic Blooms Gardening Gloves last much longer than cotton run-of-the-mill counterparts. In all actuality, […]

Best part of gardening is sharing

By Karl Terry: CNJ columnist Linus of Peanuts fame would be proud. “The Great Pumpkin” hasn’t descended on my garden but “The Great Zucchini” has arrived. I’m not sure how a person can carefully search a garden each morning for squash and cucumbers that are just the right size for tenderness, then out of the […]

Women’s day offers learning experience

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers Variety, education and entertainment will be offered to women in the community during the third annual Women’s Day Out program on Saturday. The event, sponsored by the Portales Woman’s Club, will be held at Eastern New Mexico University’s Greyhound Arena in Portales. “It’s just a way for women to learn […]

Manure’s allure

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A chick sits on a bag of chicken manure. Many in the agriculture field value manure, setting it apart from commercial fertilizer for adding nutrients and organic material to soil. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer Chicken, horse, cow, bat and even human manure are nothing to turn your nose […]

Benefits of yard work outweigh challenges

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There’s a book by western writer Elmer Kelton set, as are most of his stories, in West Texas. The name of the novel is “The Time It Never Rained.” This could provide us with an apt title for the winter we are just finishing. Nonetheless, the time is upon us […]

Jacks, Delores F.

Delores Fern Jacks, 71, of Clovis, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2005, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She was born Aug. 30, 1934, to Gene Hix and Flossie D. Patterson, in Littlefield, Texas. She married Quinton Jacks on Dec. 25, 1949, in Clovis. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Jehovah’s Witnesses. […]

Carpenter, Marcia

Marcia Carpenter Services: Have been held. Mrs. Marcia Janice Carpenter, 60, of The Colony, Texas, a juvenile detention officer and homemaker, died Friday, April 1, 2005, in Plano, Texas. She was born on April 22, 1944, in Clovis, to Clifford and Julia Leake. She attended high school in Bovina, and at the age of 17, […]